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Jerry Lewis

Highest Rated:   100% The Ladies' Man (1961)
Lowest Rated:   10% Hardly Working (1981)
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Birthplace:   Newark, New Jersey, USA
Born Joseph Levitch to show business parents, Jerry Lewis spent his early summers with his parents as they performed in resorts of the Catskills Mountain "borscht belt;" occasionally he would join their act by singing a song. After one year of high school, he dropped out and started looking for work as an entertainer, supporting himself with a variety of odd jobs. He was an experienced one-night-stand comic by the time he was 18; his act consisted in part of mimicking famous performers whose recordings would be played off-stage. He married Patty Palmer, a singer with the Jimmy Dorsey band, when he was 18, supporting himself and his wife by entertaining in the Catskills during the summers. He met Dean Martin, another small-time entertainer, in 1946, and the two formed a comedy team. Their first appearance, at Atlantic City's 500 Club, was a big success; soon they were playing to packed houses all over the country. Martin would sing and be interrupted by Lewis's wacky clowning, and the two would ad-lib and trade insults; by the end of the '40s they were the most popular comedy team in America, performing on stage, TV, and in nightclubs. They were signed to a Paramount movie contract in 1949 by Hal Wallis, debuting as supporting players in My Friend Irma (1949). Before splitting up in 1956, they starred in 16 films together, all with the same structure: Martin would play a calm, suave, romantic singer and Lewis would play a hyperkinetic misfit. The films were all solid performers at the box office. Lewis went his own way in order to have more control over his films, and subsequently he often produced, directed, and/or wrote the movies he appeared in. Generally unappreciated (if not panned) in America, his films were considered works of genius in France, where he became known as "Le Roi du Crazy;" two influential French film magazines agreed that his work brilliantly unveiled truths about America. He went to Paris in 1971, receiving a rousing welcome and playing 16 sold-out performances at the Olympia. The same year he published The Complete Filmmaker, in which he outlined his theory of film and its techniques. Since 1970 his film work has been very limited, but includes a noteworthy performance as a Johnny Carson-like talk show host in Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy (1983). Every Labor Day Weekend he hosts a telethon to raise money in the battle against muscular dystrophy.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
89% Dying Laughing
  • Actor
2017
37% Max Rose
  • Max Rose
$56.9k 2016
63% The Trust
  • Jim's Father
2016
No Score Yet Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown
  • Actor
2016
89% The Trials Of Muhammad Ali
  • Actor
$58.1k 2013
55% When Comedy Went to School
  • Actor
$0.4M 2013
No Score Yet Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Nutty Professor
  • Julius Kelp
  • Producer
2008
No Score Yet The Great Crooners
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Legendary Crooners: Frank, Dean, Bing, Nat and Perry
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Miss Castaway and the Island Girls
  • Plane Passenger
2004
No Score Yet The Rat Pack
  • Actor
2001
26% Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
  • Executive Producer
$122.4M 2000
No Score Yet Visit To A Small Planet
  • Actor
1999
64% The Nutty Professor
  • Executive Producer
1996
61% Funny Bones
  • George Fawkes
1995
87% Arizona Dream
  • Leo
1993
58% Mr. Saturday Night
  • Himself
1992
No Score Yet Young Jerry Lewis
  • Actor
1990
15% Cookie
  • Arnold Ross
1989
No Score Yet Fight for Life
  • Dr. Bernard Abrams
1987
No Score Yet Trading Hearts
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Jerry Lewis Live
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Par où t'es rentré? On t'a pas vu sortir (How Did You Get In? We Didn't See You Leave)
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Cracking Up
  • Screenwriter
  • Warren Nefron / Dr. Perks / Gangster / Speed Armeter
  • Director
1983
89% The King of Comedy
  • Jerry Langford
1983
No Score Yet Slapstick of Another Kind
  • Wilbur SwainCaleb Swain
1982
10% Hardly Working
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet One More Time
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Which Way to the Front?
  • Producer
  • Brendan Byers III
  • Director
1970
No Score Yet Hook, Line and Sinker
  • Producer
  • Peter J. Ingersoll / Fred Dobbs
1969
No Score Yet Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River
  • George Lester
1968
40% The Big Mouth
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Gerald Clamson / Syd Valentine
1967
No Score Yet Way...Way Out
  • Pete Mattemore
1966
No Score Yet Three on a Couch
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Christopher Pride/Warren/Ringo/Rutherford/Heather
1966
No Score Yet Boeing (707) Boeing (707)
  • Robert Reed
1965
80% The Family Jewels
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Willard Woodward/James Peyton/Everett Peyton
1965
60% The Disorderly Orderly
  • Jerome Littlefield
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1964
82% The Patsy
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Stanley Belt
1964
40% Who's Minding the Store?
  • Raymond Philler
1963
69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Mad Driver
1963
85% The Nutty Professor
  • Prof. Julius Ferris KelpBuddy LoveProfessor Julius Kelp/Buddy Love/Baby Kelp
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1963
No Score Yet It's Only Money
  • Lester March
1962
50% The Errand Boy
  • Morty S. Tashman
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1961
100% The Ladies' Man
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Herbert H. Heebert/Mama HeebertHerbert H. Heebert
1961
No Score Yet Cinderfella
  • Director
  • Cinderfella
  • Producer
1960
70% The Bellboy
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Stanley/Himself
  • Screenwriter
1960
No Score Yet Don't Give Up the Ship
  • John Paul Steckler
1959
No Score Yet The Geisha Boy
  • Producer
  • Gilbert Wooley
1958
63% Rock-a-Bye Baby
  • Clayton Poole
1958
No Score Yet The Delicate Delinquent
  • Sidney L. Pythias
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet Pardners
  • Wade Kingsley Jr., Wade Kingsley Sr.
1956
No Score Yet Hollywood or Bust
  • Malcolm Smith
1956
78% Artists and Models
  • Eugene Fullstack
1955
No Score Yet You're Never Too Young
  • Wilbur Hoolick
1955
No Score Yet 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown)
  • Jerry Hotchkiss
1954
No Score Yet Living It Up
  • Homer Flagg
1954
No Score Yet Money from Home
  • Virgil Yokum
1953
83% The Caddy
  • Harvey Miller, Jr.
1953
No Score Yet The Stooge
  • Theodore 'Ted' Rogers
1953
71% Scared Stiff
  • Myron Myron Metz
1953
No Score Yet Jumping Jacks
  • Hap Smith
1952
No Score Yet Sailor Beware
  • Melvin Jones
1952
71% Road to Bali
  • Himself
1952
No Score Yet That's My Boy
  • 'Junior' Jackson
1951
No Score Yet At War With the Army
  • Pfc. Alvin Korwin
1950
No Score Yet My Friend Irma Goes West
  • Seymour
1950
No Score Yet The Milkman
  • Milkman
1950
No Score Yet Martin & Lewis: At War with the Army
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet My Friend Irma
  • Seymour
1949

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012-2019
  • Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Andrew
  • 2006
85% The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
  • Actor
  • 1993
No Score Yet Wiseguy
1987-1990
  • Eli Sternberg
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Brothers
1984-1989
  • Director
  • 1985
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1983
No Score Yet Ben Casey
1961-1966
  • Director
  • 1965
No Score Yet Tales From the Darkside
1983-1988
  • Director

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